Description Alma-Tadema was born in Friesland, the Netherlands, but was trained in Belgium. After the death of his first wife in 1870, he moved to London where he developed a reputation for his seemingly accurate reconstructions of genre scenes set in ancient Rome. Here, a Roman maiden closes a curtain in an unconvincing attempt to conceal her sister from a suitor. Alma-Tadema's wealthy British patrons could readily relate to the individuals he portrays: members of the upper class in an era of affluence.
|10/06/1966||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated; other|
|8/16/1990||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
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- [Exhibition title unknown, held at the Royal Academy, London]. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 1880.
- Empires Restored, Elysium Revisited: The Art of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. 1991-1992.
- Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, AJ Amsterdam; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. 1996-1997.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
- Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity . Fries Museum, leeuwarden; Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna; Leighton House Museum, London. 2016-2017.
Provenance Commissioned by Messrs Pilgeram and L.H. Lefevre, London, 1879; purchased by Messrs Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1879; purchased by Samuel P. Avery, May 1880; purchased by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1884 [S. P. Avery as dealer]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] On door jamb at lower left: L Alma Tadema op. CCX
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1884
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